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Ohrnberger signed to practice squad

The Patriots made a flurry of moves yesterday, including releasing twenty players from the active roster. One of those players who was waived, second-year center/guard Rich Ohrnberger, has cleared waivers and will return to the Patriots as a member of their eight man practice squad. Another player who was a practice squad candidate, rookie offensive lineman Ted Larsen, was claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers off waviers.

The team’s 2009 fourth-round pick started the preseason finale against the Giants at right guard and was credited by Bill Belichick for doing a “good, solid job” against top competition. Ohrnberger’s return adds more depth at guard, where the Patriots are extremely thin with Logan Mankins not reporting to camp and Nick Kaczur sidelined after back surgery.

Larsen was a sixth round draft choice of the Patriots this year, but failed to make the final roster after an up-and-down preseason. If Larsen had cleared waviers he would likely have been brought back on the practice squad. Larsen is just another example of the risk teams take when they expose a player to waviers.


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